Com­mu­nity wel­comes venue move

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The Pu­taruru Youth Cen­tre wel­comed Lot­tery com­mis­sion cam­eras to show off its new fa­cil­i­ties re­cently.

A tour of the cen­tre will be shown on Lotto this week­end.

The cen­tre is now based out of the old Pu­taruru Mu­nic­i­pal Band build­ing on Glen­shea St.

Trustee Pam Carter is elated with the new venue which the Pu­taruru Youth Mat­ters Trust, which over­sees the youth cen­tre, is buy­ing.

Mrs Carter said the trust is fundrais­ing to com­plete the pur­chase by De­cem­ber this year.

‘‘We had been look­ing for an alternative build­ing for some time as we were aware that some of our fun­ders were no longer con­tribut­ing to the rent of com­mer­cial build­ings.

‘‘The band hall be­came avail­able at the the right time for us and once paid for will mean that we will no longer be so re­liant on fun­ders, and be more sus­tain­able long term,’’ Mrs Carter said.

The trust was formed more than four years ago af­ter the spate of sui­cides in the small town.

‘‘Our com­mu­nity wanted to do some­thing for our youth and pre­lim­i­nary re­search showed that the youth wanted some­thing to call their own, so we an­swered those calls and cre­ated a cen­tre where they could and play pool, study or just to catch up with friends. The cen­tre is be­ing well used by our youth,’’ Mrs Carter said.

She said hard work will be poured into the new site to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing fresh paint and clear­ing the grounds.

Cen­tre user Cingston Brown, 18, de­scribes the cen­tre as a good place for youth to come.

‘‘I like coming here . . . No-one is caus­ing trou­ble here.

‘‘It’s bet­ter than be­ing on the street.’’

Pu­taruru Youth Cen­tre is open from 1pm till 5pm dur­ing the school hol­i­days, it pro­vides a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties for youth be­tween 13 to 25, in­clud­ing driver ed­u­ca­tion.

The cen­tre will also be avail­able to other com­mu­nity groups for meet­ings and events.

YOUTH MAT­TER: The Pu­taruru Youth Mat­ters Trust will run youth pro­grammes out of its new cen­tre on Glen­shea St.

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